Minister for Health and Social Affairs
“Health and social care must work, regardless of who you are or where in the country you live. I see this as my most important task for the coming years. It is about people in Sweden being safe in the knowledge that they can expect health and social care of the very highest quality. And we will deliver it.”
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COVID-19 Act allows stronger communicable disease control measures
The Government has adopted a Government Bill for a temporary Act to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The legislation is intended to give the Government the authority to adopt more binding communicable disease control measures than was previously possible. The Act entered into force on 10 January 2021 and is in effect until 30 September 2021.
About the COVID-19 virus: for older people, people with health conditions and health and social care staff, 21 december
Here you can read more about current measures in health and social care and health and social care staff. This is the seventh article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
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Swedish experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the whole world and represents a global challenge the likes of which we have not seen for decades. All affected countries are now trying to solve the crisis with as few negative consequences as possible for people’s lives and health.
Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren on the Swedish COVID-19 strategy
At a press briefing on June 11, Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs, summarised three months of transmission of COVID-19 in Sweden.
About COVID-19: For older people, people with health conditions and health care and social services staff
Here you can read about measures, advice and restrictions that concern older people, people with health conditions, risk groups and health and social care staff. This is the third article in a series about the work of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in response to the COVID-19 virus.
Updated Swedish strategy to combat antibiotic resistance
The Swedish Government has adopted an updated strategy to combat antibiotic resistance. The overarching goal continues to be preserving the possibility of effective treatment of bacterial infections in humans and animals. The strategy will apply until the end of 2023.
Decisions and guidelines in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus
The Government continues to maintain a close dialogue with relevant expert government agencies on effective measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, which can cause COVID-19. Read more below about the most recent recommendations and decisions in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance.
Work in the areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance with regard to the COVID-19 virus
There is now an ongoing outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Swedish Government is following developments carefully and is in continuous contact with the responsible authorities. Below is a selection of the Government’s decisions and initiatives that have been taken so far in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ areas.
Government contributing SEK 40 million to WHO’s emergency fund
In light of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, which is caused by SARS-CoV-2, the Government has decided to contribute SEK 40 million to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Contingency Fund for Emergencies. The aim of the fund is to strengthen the WHO’s ability to act rapidly, without negatively affecting its other activities, when, for example, there is an outbreak of communicable diseases.